missouri state fair http://kbia.org en State fair director notes this year's attendance increase http://kbia.org/post/state-fair-director-notes-years-attendance-increase <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 366,000 people attended the Missouri State Fair in </span>Sedalia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this year, an increase of over 3 percent compared to last year. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:13:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin 42874 at http://kbia.org State fair director notes this year's attendance increase Controversial rodeo clown makes first appearance since MO State Fair, Obama mask http://kbia.org/post/controversial-rodeo-clown-makes-first-appearance-mo-state-fair-obama-mask <p>At the <a href="http://www.jeffcityjaycees.org/">Jaycee fairgrounds </a>in Jefferson City Friday night, people laughed and applauded as Tuffy Gessling, the controversial rodeo clown, performed for the first time since his infamous appearance at the <a href="http://kbia.org/post/rodeo-clown-missouri-state-fair-wore-obama-mask">Missouri State Fair</a>. Gessling was banned from the Missouri State Fair and the video of the stunt involving an Obama mask was in national media.</p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:12:42 +0000 Kate Grumke 40582 at http://kbia.org Controversial rodeo clown makes first appearance since MO State Fair, Obama mask Man who recorded Obama rodeo clown wishes he'd left video on his cell phone http://kbia.org/post/man-who-recorded-obama-rodeo-clown-wishes-hed-left-video-his-cell-phone <p></p><p>The man who posted a video on his Facebook page of a Missouri State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama says he's been the target of hateful comments for the last two weeks.</p><p>Perry Beam, of Higginsville, told <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/29/4446524/not-just-rodeo-clowns-are-stomped.html">The Kansas City Star </a>that if he had known that the video would attract national attention and criticism, he would have left it on his cell phone. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:43:12 +0000 Associated Press 39731 at http://kbia.org Man who recorded Obama rodeo clown wishes he'd left video on his cell phone Nitrogen in the waterways; sounds at the state fair http://kbia.org/post/nitrogen-waterways-sounds-state-fair <p>A new report from the US Department of Agriculture has found that through voluntary conservation measures, farmers reduced the amount of nitrogen that washes off their fields into Mississippi River watershed waterways by 21 percent. That's good news for water treatment plants that spend millions of dollars each year to remove farm chemicals from drinking water supplies. Harvest Public Media’s Abbie Fentress Swanson takes a look at the particular challenge posed by the nitrogen in fertilizer, which has been running into Midwest streams at concerning levels this summer.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:48:03 +0000 Kristofor Husted 39598 at http://kbia.org Boonville school superintendent cleared in Obama rodeo act http://kbia.org/post/boonville-school-superintendent-cleared-obama-rodeo-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Missouri school official has been cleared of wrongdoing in a State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Albert Watkins, an attorney for </span>Boonville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> superintendent Mark </span>Ficken<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, said Wednesday that an investigation by the school district found </span>Ficken<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was not involved in inappropriate actions or statements.</span></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:12:57 +0000 Associated Press & Casey Morell 39578 at http://kbia.org Boonville school superintendent cleared in Obama rodeo act State fairs: A summer tradition http://kbia.org/post/state-fairs-summer-tradition <p>It’s August. The days are growing shorter, fall is approaching, but summer isn’t done just yet. All over the country folks are flocking to that ultimate summer tradition: the state fair.</p><p>Carnival rides and games, meat on a stick, livestock competitions – the Midwest does state fairs up right. And for many, summer in the Midwest isn't complete without a trip to the state fair. For others, a virtual visit will have to do.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:52:43 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 39053 at http://kbia.org State fairs: A summer tradition Newscast for August 16, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-august-16-2013 <p></p><p>Regional news from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Race for Mo. House speaker heats up</li><li>Mo. State Fair attendance appears unaffected by rodeo clown incident</li><li>Sierra Club, KCP&amp;L spar over 2007 agreement Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:25:34 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 38981 at http://kbia.org What the Washington Post got wrong about the Obama rodeo clown and racism http://kbia.org/post/what-washington-post-got-wrong-about-obama-rodeo-clown-and-racism <p>Thursday in the KBIA newsroom we had what I consider a valuable discussion. And it came out of a notoriously stupid act at the Missouri State Fair this week.</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:58:16 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 38958 at http://kbia.org What the Washington Post got wrong about the Obama rodeo clown and racism Mo. State Fair attendance appears unaffected by rodeo clown incident http://kbia.org/post/mo-state-fair-attendance-appears-unaffected-rodeo-clown-incident <p></p><p>Attendance figures appear to be on the rise as the 2013 Missouri State Fair heads into its final weekend.&nbsp; Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:43:40 +0000 Marshall Griffin 38978 at http://kbia.org Mo. State Fair attendance appears unaffected by rodeo clown incident Governor's annual ham breakfast brings out state politicians http://kbia.org/post/governors-annual-ham-breakfast-brings-out-state-politicians <p></p><p>Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.</p><p>Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.&nbsp; Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.</p><p>"What has always united us is (that) no matter what part of the state you're from, or who you voted for, we treat people with respect," Nixon told the applauding crowd.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:01:23 +0000 Marshall Griffin 38938 at http://kbia.org Governor's annual ham breakfast brings out state politicians Politicians Descend On Sedalia For Mo. State Fair http://kbia.org/post/politicians-descend-sedalia-mo-state-fair <div style="margin: 0px;"><p>Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.<p>Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.&#160; Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.<p>"What has always united us is (that) no matter what part of the state you're from, or who you voted for, we treat people with respect," Nixon told the applauding crowd.<p>Aft Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:27:35 +0000 Marshall Griffin 38910 at http://kbia.org Politicians Descend On Sedalia For Mo. State Fair A postcard from the Missouri State Fair http://kbia.org/post/postcard-missouri-state-fair <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre-wrap;">This week for the show, I went to the Missouri State Fair and all you’re getting is this audio postcard. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, I talked to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Marlys</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Peck, who, along with her family, has been selling corn dogs at the fair for more than 41 years. Every year, Peck and her parents spend the state-fair week under the same tree near the historic&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Womens</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Building.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:18:32 +0000 Harum Helmy 38818 at http://kbia.org A postcard from the Missouri State Fair Boonville school board begins investigation into Superintendent's role in State Fair incident http://kbia.org/post/boonville-school-board-begins-investigation-superintendents-role-state-fair-incident <p></p><p>The Boonville R-1 School District Board of Education held a special session Tuesday night to discuss investigating the superintendent’s possible involvement in a controversial stunt at the Missouri State Fair.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Mark Ficken was the announcer at the Missouri State Fair’s bull-riding event Saturday when a clown appeared in a mask resembling President Barack Obama and asked the crowd if it wanted to see Obama stomped by a bull.&nbsp; Now, Boonville’s school board says it has hired a consultant to investigate Ficken’s involvement.&nbsp; Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:15:44 +0000 Andrew Nichols 38807 at http://kbia.org Boonville school board begins investigation into Superintendent's role in State Fair incident Mo. State Fair Director responds to rodeo clown incident http://kbia.org/post/mo-state-fair-director-responds-rodeo-clown-incident <p><strong>Watch the show and join the conversation on the&nbsp;<a href="http://intersectkbia.weebly.com/">Intersection website.</a></strong></p><p></p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:04:07 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 38783 at http://kbia.org Mo. State Fair Director responds to rodeo clown incident Newscast for August 13, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-august-13-2013 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Updated news on the Missouri State Fair rodeo clown incident,</li><li>Mo. Supreme Court rejects lawsuit on animal shelters,</li><li>Vicky Hartzler speaks at military event.</li></ul> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:51:24 +0000 Casey Morell 38774 at http://kbia.org Obama rodeo clown fallout: "idiot" banned from fair, Boonville looking at Superintendent's role http://kbia.org/post/obama-rodeo-clown-fallout-idiot-banned-fair-boonville-looking-superintendents-role <p><em>Updated 10:28am, 12:56pm</em></p><p>Missouri State Fair director Mark Wolfe says the rodeo clown responsible for the controversial act over the weekend has been banned from the fair.&nbsp; The clown had donned a mask of President Obama and asked spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull."</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:40:22 +0000 Ryan Famuliner, Associated Press & Scott Pham 38742 at http://kbia.org Obama rodeo clown fallout: "idiot" banned from fair, Boonville looking at Superintendent's role Rodeo clown at Missouri State Fair wore Obama mask http://kbia.org/post/rodeo-clown-missouri-state-fair-wore-obama-mask <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>This story is updating</em></p><p>People and politicians are speaking out against an incident at the the Missouri State Fair on Saturday. A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a rodeo this weekend, and the announcer asked spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull."</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:37:34 +0000 Scott Pham 38672 at http://kbia.org Rodeo clown at Missouri State Fair wore Obama mask Three hospitalized after Missouri State Fair accident http://kbia.org/post/three-hospitalized-after-missouri-state-fair-accident <p>Three people are hospitalized and two others have suffered minor injuries after an accident during a charity race at the Missouri State Fair.</p><p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:50:26 +0000 Associated Press 19694 at http://kbia.org Three hospitalized after Missouri State Fair accident State Fair may hold bounty in unclaimed property http://kbia.org/post/state-fair-may-hold-bounty-unclaimed-property <p>The Missouri treasurer&#39;s office will have a team at the State Fair to help people determine if they have any unclaimed property being held by the state.</p><p>State Treasurer Clint Zweifel says his office has about $700 million in unclaimed property. Members of his office&#39;s unclaimed property team will be at the Mathewson Exhibition Center throughout the fair.</p><p>The fair runs was opening Thursday and runs through Aug. 19.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:40:48 +0000 Associated Press 19057 at http://kbia.org State Fair may hold bounty in unclaimed property Nixon helps kick off annual Mo. State Fair http://kbia.org/post/nixon-helps-kick-annual-mo-state-fair <p>Gov. Jay Nixon is helping kick off the events at the 110th annual Missouri State Fair.</p><p>Nixon planned to purchase ticket for the fair Thursday in Sedalia, then greet attendees at the entrance gate before taking part in the official opening ceremony.</p><p>The fair runs from Thursday through Aug. 19. It features the standard fair attractions &mdash; lots of livestock, carnival-style rides, concerts and shows and, of course, food.</p><p>Nixon and many other politicians plan to be on hand Aug. 16 for the fair&#39;s annual governor&#39;s ham breakfast.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:38:18 +0000 Associated Press 19056 at http://kbia.org Nixon helps kick off annual Mo. State Fair